Fixing a leak is the number one reason homeowners call for skylight repair. About 90 percent of all leaks are caused by a “flashing” problem. Flashing is a piece of metal that sits flush against a skylight opening and sweeps away any water. Many leaks are slow, and you may not see them for several years until the drywall next to the skylight starts to buckle. Because they might be hard to spot when they start, it might be a good idea to have your skylight examined once a year by a professional to identify any problems before they grow. Modern, top-of-the-line skylights that are carefully installed or repaired by a service professional can be expected to remain watertight for a long time.
Newer skylights are built in accordance with rugged construction requirements. Still they can crack with impact, especially if they are glass. If your skylight is in an area where it can be easily broken, consider replacing it with a plastic, shatter-resistant version. These have the added advantage of being lightweight and economical.
- Leaking skylights
- Damaged skylights
- Skylight installation
- Skylight replacement
- Skylight condensation
- Skylights and ice dams
Factors such as roof pitch, site access, roof material and whether or not the new unit is custom or stock will affect the final price of skylight replacement.